Catalan giants take semi-final first-leg lead with the help of bizarre own goal
Barcelona took a healthy lead into the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg with Real Sociedad, thanks in part to a bizarre own goal at the Nou Camp from goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai.
Zubikarai was the unfortunate culprit to give Barcelona their second goal, but it was Gorka Elustondo who took most of the blame, smashing the ball back across the goal after an effort was saved, only for it to hit Zubikarai and fall into the net.
Comical: Alexis Sanchez celebrates the second goal, but it was hugely unfortunate for the goalkeeper
Gutted: Real Sociedad’s goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai reacts after conceding the own goal
Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba; Busquets, Xavi, Fabregas; Alexis, Messi, Pedro
Subs: Valdes, Puyol, Iniesta, Tello, Song, Sergi Roberto, Adriano.
Goals: Busquets 40, Zubikarai og 60
Real Sociedad: Zubikarai, Zaldua, Ansotegi, Mikel, Inigo, J.Angel, Zurutuza, Elustondo, Gaztanaga, Griezmann, Vela.
Subs: Bravo, C.Martinez, Seferovic, X.Prieto, Pardo, Canales, Ros.
In the first-half, Sociedad nearly took the lead early on, breaking on the counter attack as Carlos Vella squared for Antoine Griezmann, before his shot was punched clear by Jose Pinto.
Barca took the lead on 40 minutes, Busquets sliding home from eight yards after a corner.
Inigo Martinez was given a red card straight after the goal for dissent, with the Sociedad players still arguing with the referee after Vela was hauled down in the area without a penalty being given.
Off: Inigo Martinez leaves the pitch after being sent off in the first-half
One up: Barcelona’s midfielder Sergio Busquets celebrates his goal in the first-half at the Nou Camp
Stop: Barcelona’s goalkeeper Jose Pinto saves from former Arsenal man Carlos Vela
Mine: Messi duels for the ball with David Zurutuza Veillet in the first-half
So close: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas goes close to scoring at the Nou Camp
Battle: Lionel Messi fights for the ball with defender Jose Angel of Real Sociedad
Source : Daily Mail